Our History

Isle of Man Arts Council Photo by Steve Babb

Established in 1965, the Isle of Man Arts Council was originally set up to support the preservation of the fine arts on the island. It has since increased its support to cover all aspects of the arts on the island from short film productions to poetry workshops.

The Isle of Man Arts Council exists to promote the Island’s cultural identity and encourage enjoyment and participation in the arts.

A sponsored body of the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, it offers grants, sponsorship and underwriting to a wide variety of individuals, schools, groups and venues across the community.

The IOM Arts Council and Culture Vannin have a shared vision to promote and develop arts and culture on the Isle of Man.

Read more about our Joint Strategy for Culture and the Arts here.

With an entirely voluntary membership, a Council was established to offer advice and support local arts amateurs and professionals as well as visiting artists. The Council is made up of members of the community who represent all aspects of the arts with an MLC chairing. Meet the Council here.

The Council is supported by an Office Team who are currently based in the Villa Marina Arcade. They offer advice about and process the application forms for funding as well as promote, develop and engage the community with the arts. Meet the Office Team here.

For advice and guidance about applications, promoting an event or an idea to develop the arts on the island please contact us on +44 1624 694598 or at iomartscouncil@gov.im

Find out more about our funding schemes here.

The Arts Council has come under many different government departments in its history and currently resides in the Department of Education, Sport and Culture. It was warmly welcomed into the department in 2014 as a sponsored body so that they could assist each other with their joint goals of increasing the arts in education and supporting the health and well-being of children and young people.

The Arts Council is typically made up of 10 members who are chosen for their expertise and experience within the arts. Two of these are appointed by the department's Minister and Chief Officer as their representatives, with the remaining eight being appointed by an interview panel from a pool of applicants. These members of the Council shall serve until 30th September in the fourth year following the year in which that member was appointed. More information about Members of the Arts Council can be found here.

The Arts Council is supported by officers of the Department of Education Sport and Culture who run the day to day business of the Arts Council, from assisting funding applicants with queries about applications to managing the finances of the Council. This work is led by the Arts Development Manager and supported by the Arts Business Administrator. More information about Arts Council Officers can be found here.

The Arts Council meets at least eight times a year to discuss and vote on any matters regarding Council business, ranging from individual applications for funding support to arts strategy for the Isle of Man. More information about funding meetings can be found via our funding pages.

A sponsored body of
The Department of Education, Sport and Culture
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Isle of Man Government
Reiltys Ellan Vannin
Isle of man Government